Virgin want FIA to call-off Bahrain race

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MARUSSIA Virgin Racing are among the Formula One teams who have called on motorsport’s governing body the FIA to ditch its plan to hold a rescheduled Bahrain Grand Prix in 2011, The Star has learned.

The race, originally due to be held on 13 March but called off in February because of civil unrest in the country, was reinstated to the calendar by the FIA last Friday and is due to take place on October 30.

The inaugural Indian Grand Prix has been switched to December 11.

But in a letter to the FIA yesterday, the teams, under the auspices of their umbrella group Fota (Formula One Teams Association), which includes Virgin, have expressed their concerns over the Bahrain GP being staged at all this year. In the letter, they said it would be impractical for the race to be given the go ahead and have asked for the Indian GP to be moved back to its orginal date.

A Fota spokesman said adding a 20th race in December would be “unbearable to our staff”.